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The new county executive in Nassau and the seven-year veteran county executive in Suffolk have been buds.

So much so that Suffolk CE Steve Levy will be talking to a decidedly Nassau group, in Nassau, later this month.

Levy, widely discussed as potential candidate for governor, is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Nassau County Civic Association March 23rd at the Plainview-Bethpage Library.

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The co-sponsors of the event, according to the meeting notice, are “two of the largest TEA party groups on Long Island, the Conservative Society for Action (CSA) and the Nassau County TEA Party Patriots.”

“Steve Levy will address the following topics; the fiscal crisis facing Albany and America, his philosophy on the role of government, and his reform agenda,” the notice said.

Meanwhile, one aide to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, has gone out of his way to help Levy hook up with members of the Hispanic community, some of whom he has locked horns with.

Giovanni Mata, a Nassau County employee recently hired by Mangano, helped introduce Levy to a prominent visitor from El Salvador at a recent meeting this week that was discussed in the Hispanic media.

Mata, who lives in Levittown, is with the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board and is a $52,500-a-year project director for Mangano's Office of Minority Affairs.

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A spokesman for Mangano said Mata was on his own time when he arranged the event.